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Image 10 of Kentucky fruit notes, vol. 4, No. 5, Fall 1951

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roses were also killed to the snow line, but the hardier Flo;-abunda and the moss roses survived the cold. [ ORCHARD MOUSE WARNING I in ` W. D. Armstrong Su] During the severe winter of 1950-51, orchard mice caused greater tree damage than during recent years. In addition to dam- age of small trees, many larger trees of both apples and peaches ' were seriously damaged or killed by mouse injury at the ground OW level or to the under-ground parts. Present indications are that the dc mouse population is again high this fall,and everyorchardist should take promptaction to see that these pests are bought under control in the orchards. In various plantings, damagewas caused by the pine mouse which works in burrows and damages trees below the surface of th;_soil, and also by the meadow mouse that travels on the an ground and causes damage at or above the ground line. Control measures for each of these serious pests consist of using poison baits. One bait is made of apple chunks coated with the Zink Phosphide Rodenticide; another such bait consists of M Strychnine-treated oats. lf fall baiting has not ridded the orchard Sic _ of mice, the baiting should be repeated in the winter. Instruc- rc tions for orchard mouse baiting have been published many times th · in the Fruit Notes and other farm papers, and most orchard men are familiar with the process. However, detailed instructions can be secured, if needed, through the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, Lexington. The poison bait can usually be ob- tained through dealers handling seeds and orchard supplies or can be secured through the College of Agriculture and Home Econo- mics, Lexington, or the Fish and Wild Life Service, Raleigh, North Carolina. HINTS & OBSERVATIONS W. W. Magill Does This Apply to You Who should plant commercial strawberries in l95Z? Only the families who are quite sure they will need a few hundred dol- , lars extra in 1953. Where there is a "will" there is usually a "way". Available on Many Kentucky Farms Freshly cleared new ground usually makes an excellent site ` for a strawberry patch or field. . ‘ 10 ` . ii ‘~\_\